Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, October 13, 2017
The Songs & Sounds of New Zealand’s Great War
& Sounds of New Zealand’s Great War
By Chris Bourke
978 1 86940 871 8
20th Century Music, First
16 October 2017, $59.00
By the author of award-winning ‘Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn Of New Zealand
Popular Music 1918-1964.
‘Chris Bourke’s Good-bye Maoriland is an impeccably
researched account of the influence of music in World War I – from military
bands and concert parties to Māori music and patriotic song writing. Profusely
illustrated and highly readable, it will attract anyone interested in war and
the cultural history of New Zealand’
– Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)
Christopher Pugsley, ONZM, DPhil, FRHistS
They left their Southern Lands,
They sailed across the sea;
They fought the Hun, they fought the Turk
For truth and liberty.
Now Anzac Day has come to stay,
And bring us sacred joy;
Though wooden crosses be swept away –
We’ll never forget our boys.
– Jane Morison, ‘We’ll never forget our boys’, 1917
Be it ‘Tipperary’ or ‘Pokarekare’, the morning reveille or
the bugle’s last post, concert parties at the front or patriotic songs at home,
music was central to New Zealand’s experience of the First World War. In Good-Bye
Maoriland, acclaimed author Chris Bourke introduces us the songs and
sounds of the war in order to take us deep inside the human experience.
About the Author
Chris Bourke is a writer, journalist, editor and radio
producer. He has been arts and books editor at the NZ Listener, editor of Rip
It Up and Real Groove, and producer of Radio New Zealand’s Saturday Morning
with Kim Hill. He wrote the best-selling, definitive biography of Crowded House, Something So Strong
(1997) and Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn of
New Zealand Popular Music, 1918-1964 (AUP, 2010). At the 2011 New Zealand
Post Book Awards Blue Smoke won the
People’s Choice Award, the General Nonfiction Award and the Book of the Year
Award. Chris Bourke received the Lilburn Research Fellowship for 2015, enabling
the writing of Good-bye Maoriland, and is currently content director at
Audioculture: The Noisy Library of New Zealand Music (www.audioculture.co.nz).Chris
Bourke is currently content director at Audioculture:
The Noisy Library of New Zealand Music (www.audioculture.co.nz).
Chris Bourke's new book launches this Sunday at Devonport!